I updated my weight loss chart with the results of my monthly weigh-in:
After holding steady in September, I was down one pound! The one-pound loss is excellent, and certainly welcomed, and it’s exciting to see that my weight of 253 pounds is technically my lowest weight in 14 months.
What I’m most excited about though, is my consistency. During those 14 months, my weight stayed within a four-pound range!
I’ve been at this long enough (over seven years) to know that, in the long run, a pound or two doesn’t make a huge difference. I fluctuate 3-4 pounds on a daily basis, maybe even more – which means that any or all of these weigh-in results could be a little off from my true weight at that moment.
However, I’m staying consistent. I’m working hard on maintaining my weight loss, and staying within four pounds for over a year means… I’m doing it, despite the minor fluctuations. It feels good. It feels so good.
And keeping this weight loss chart going is a huge reason why. It’s taped to my closet wall, where I can see it ever day, and it’s a second-to-none visual reminder of the progress I’m made. A reminder like this is especially helpful nowadays, when I don’t have the benefit of new weight-loss-related experiences – like fitting into smaller clothes or buckling an airplane seat belt for the first time without an extender – to help motivate me.
In addition to tracking my weight on a chart, I also track my workouts on a calendar. Like the chart, it’s delightfully old school: I use a pen and paper! Here’s what my September looks like:
Each workout gets a dot, next to which I scribble brief notes about what I did. There’s 26 dots, which means I worked out 26 out of the 30 days in September! Since my ongoing goal is to have a workout six days out of every seven, I was right on target this month.
The last thing I monitor are my Cardio Miles: I log the distance I complete doing any time of measurable cardio: running, gym cardio machines, swimming, etc. Here’s my September chart:
I added 89.9 new miles during September, bringing my cumulative total to 3,470.3 miles (in a little over four years). That total was especially high due to four great bike rides while I was in Sweden – and all the walking I did while in Reykjavik.
A pretty great month!
Keep it up, David!
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